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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall



Fall is the time to clean your house for the long winter

Summer has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and fall is beginning to show its colors! As each day shows cooler temperatures, there are many household tasks that are important to complete during this time. Now it is time to prepare your home for the fall

1. Clean out the gutters. Over the course of the year, leaves and debris can build up, preventing them from draining properly. Don’t get stuck with clogged gutters during the rainy season! Using a leaf guard is another way to prevent this type of build-up throughout the year.

2. Weatherize windows and doors. If there are leaks, your home could be losing lots of heat without you realizing, leading to a disastrous heating bill! Try tapping on each window to check if they rattle, a tell-tale sign that there is a leak. Another good way to check if you suspect a draft is to use a lit candle or incense, which will easily show you which direction the draft is coming from. Large gaps in the door frame and windowsill can be calked or weatherstripped.

3. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. I know- why use a fan anymore once it gets chilly outside? Actually, it can be a great energy saver! During the summer months your fan should be running counter-clockwise to draw warm air upward and push cool air down. During the cooler months, when the rotation is reversed, the warm air that rises up to the ceiling will be pushed downwards. Don’t forget to give your fan a good dusting, whichever direction it’s spinning- we don’t want dust flying all around the room!

4. Clean your humidifiers. As the temperature drops and the air becomes dryer, a humidifier is a great device to help keep us (and our indoor plants) comfortable. It’s important to keep them clean, to prevent bacteria from being emitted into the air. Vinegar is a great tool for disinfecting and removing hard water build up. Let a mixture of vinegar and warm water soak for 15-20 minutes before rinsing, as well as replacing the humidifier filter as needed.

5. Protect your garden! It won’t be long until we are waking up to a fresh layer of frost on the ground. Many plants in the garden, especially young plants, won’t be able to survive a frost like this. To protect them, cover with a plastic sheet overnight. Another good way to help perennials stay warm enough is to add an extra 2-3 inches of mulch, straw, or hay. As a bonus tip- before the soil gets too solid, plant some flower bulbs to bloom in the spring when everything thaws! Some popular spring flowers to use for this are iris, tulip, daffodil, or lily.

We hope you’re enjoying the last few days of summer, and that these fall tips help make the season transition easier for you!

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